Stevenson Trail

Hike on the GR70 Stevenson Trail throughout Haute-Loire, Ardeche, Lozere and Gard department from Puy-en-Velay to Ales via Monastier-sur-Gazeille, Saint-Martin-de-Fugeres, Goudet, Bargettes, Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas, Landos, Pradelles, Langogne, Saint-Flour-de-Mercoire, Cheylard-l'Eveque, Luc, Laveyrune, Notre Dame-des-Neiges, Bastide-Puylaurent, Chasserades, Estampe, Les Alpiers, Bleymard, Mont Lozere, Pont-de-Montvert, Mijavols, Florac, Cassagnas, Saint Germain-de-Calberte, Saint Etienne-Vallee-Française, Saint Jean-du-Gard und Malbosc.

Randonnée sur le sentier Stevenson GR70
Stevensonweg GR70
Wandelen op Stevensonroute GR70


Robert Louis Stevenson

Hiking on the Stevenson trail GR70

274 km


Stevenson trail GR70 elevation


Le Puy en VelayLe Bouchet-Saint-NicolasPradellesLangogneChemin Stevenson

La BastideBleymardMont LozèrePont de MontvertGard
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Distance: 274,41km, Elevation maximum: 1699m, Elevation minimum: 128m, Elevation gain uphill: 7913m
IGN Maps: Le Puy-en-Velay (2735E). Le Puy-en-Velay Yssingeaux (2835OT). Solignac-sur-Loire Cayres (2736E). Gerbier de Jonc Mézenc Vivarais (2836OT). Langogne (2737E). La Bastide-Puylaurent (2738E). Largentière la Bastide-Puylaurent Vivarais Cévenol (2838OT). Mont Lozère Florac PN des Cévennes (2739OT). Corniche des Cévennes PN des Cévennes (2740ET). Alès (2840OT).



Gite d'etape, Guest House, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel, Camping, Shelter, Inn

Goudet: Hotel de la Loire, M. Blanc, 06 64 81 28 14, 04 71 57 18 41
The hotel offers 21 modest and very pleasant rooms. The restaurant offers menus from 10 to 20 €, a varied menu and specialties on order (pierrade, raclette, fondue) .A room is planned for your banquets, weddings and business meals.
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Le Bouchet-Saint-Nicolas: L'Houstaou Guest House , 04 71 57 32 51
At the heart of Bouchet Saint Nicolas "The houstaou" welcomes you. "The Houstaou" is the house in Vellave dialect. Built thanks to the great variety and abundance of the rocks of the Haute-Loire offering to the houses of here forms and multiple colors.
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Langogne: La Cigale de l'Allier Camping , 06 80 15 96 32, 04 66 46 85 72. Facebook :
La Cigale de l'Allier is a family campsite located on the edge of the Allier quiet with pool, snack bar. Ideally located on the banks of the Allier, near the city center and shops (3mn walk), 4Km from the Grand Lake Naussac (1000ha leisure), camping La Cigale Allier *** welcomes you for your lozerian holidays.
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La Bastide-Puylaurent: L'Etoile Guest House , 06 83 99 70 86
Former resort Hotel built in 1926 in the architectural style typical of the "Roaring Twenties", L'Etoile Guest house is a mountain retreat in the South of France. Beautiful park along the Allier River. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Big veranda, terraces, balcony, dining room with fire-place, piano bar.
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La Bastide-Puylaurent: Hotel-Restaurant La Grand'Halte, 04 66 46 00 35, 06 20 95 76 75
A former coaching inn, La Grand Halte welcomes you from March to November for a relaxing stay. All the rooms of the hotel are equipped with showers, toilets, washbasins, telephones, as well as a free access to the wifi.
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Chasserades: Hotel des Sources, 04 66 46 01 14
In a warm atmosphere, the Hotel des Sources welcomes you in a pleasant natural setting where you will enjoy unrestricted calm and serene nature. In a bright and flowery room, Eric Chaptal will prepare you a generous local cuisine: home cooked meats.
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On 22nd September, 1878, the young Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, (RLS), set out on foot from Monastier sur Gazeille in the Haute-Loire with his donkey Modestine. 12 days, 220 kms and many adventures later, he arrived at Saint Jean de Gard. He had a twofold objective - to try and forget his love for Fanny Osbourne, the beautiful American woman who he in fact eventually married some years later - and to explore the countryside of the Camisards, the French Protestants, from the rugged and isolated Cevennes region of southern France.

He wrote an amusing account of his journey and a long distance footpath (GR 70) has been devised with the object of letting us walk in Stevenson's footsteps. We will read about Stevenson's adventures as we have our own.This beautiful trail follows footpaths, ancient bridleways and drove roads and fits conveniently into a fortnight of walking. We start in the Velay area and then move through some of the remotest countryside in France strewn with beautiful old historic villages.

After Velay we move into the Gevaudan area and then the Cevennes, protected by National Park status, and rising above the plains of the Languedoc and the Mediterranean. The Cevennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters and hill slopes covered in forests of sweet chestnut along with the mulberry which was planted in days gone by for feeding the silkworms bred in the mills called magnaneries.

A country of rebellion and tradition, the Cevennes gradually reveals a bit more of itself at each bend in its glorious footpaths. In the latter stretches of the walk we arrive at the land of the Camisards, infamous for 100 years of fighting between Protestants and Catholics in the Middle Ages.

Step by step, follow the path taken by the famous writer of " Treasure Island" from the volcanic plateaus of the "basse Auvergne", the Gevaudan and the Mont Lozere, through the outstanding scenery of the Cevennes to the Camisard area and St Jean du Gard.

In preparation read "Travel with a donkey in the Cevennes" by Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as the topo-guide GR70 "Stevenson's Way" and "Cevennes" by Kenneth White.The route is mainly at a height of about 1000 meters, from North to South. To get there you go through the Loire, the Allier, the Lot and the Tarn. The trip ends with Mont Finiels (1700 m.) and the Signal de Goudes (1400 m.).The route begins at Le Puy en Velay and goes along the volcanic plateaus of the Velay. Afterwards you enter the Gevaudan having crossed the Allier. This is the region where, according to the legend, a monster lived, among heather, rocks and pines.Mont Lozere, where upright stones mark the route for hikers, forms the third part of the journey. From this stony view-point one can see the Cevennes and the "bas-Languedoc" and as far as the Mediterranean Sea. The path pushes into the Cevennes in the land of the Camisards.

You will be surrounded by terraced chestnut-trees.The richness of its flora and fauna is notable. Since the reintroduction of wild vultures, beavers, wild sheep and big "Tetras" the biodiversity is even greater. Some areas have been recolonized by otters, black woodpeckers, Teungmalm owls, eagles, horned owls, etcIn Haute-Loire and Lozere department from Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Pont-de-Montvert, winters last a long time, the spring does not really start until the beginning of June. The best time to hike on the Stevenson trail is from late May to late September.


It is advisable to follow the beacons all along your hike and to bring you the FFRandonnée topo-guide. You will also find other informations about the GR70 on

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L'Etoile Guesthouse between Cevennes, Ardeche and Lozere in the South of France

Old romantic Hotel, L'Etoile Guest-House is a mountain retreat in the South of France. With a beautiful park along the Allier River, L'Etoile Guesthouse is located in La Bastide-Puylaurent between Lozere, Ardeche and Cevennes. Many hiking trails like GR7, GR70 Stevenson trail, GR72, GR700 Regordane way, Cevenol, GR470 Allier river trail, Margeride, Gevaudan, Ardechoise. Many hiking loops around L'Etoile Guesthouse. The right place to relax.